Houston Chemical Plant & Refinery Accident Attorney

OIL AND GAS IS A HUGE INDUSTRY IN HOUSTON AND ALL OVER TEXAS. PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES ARE SOME OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN THE AREA.

Refineries and chemical plants employ over 130,000 workers in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  These plants are governed by many regulations and laws.  When they do not follow these regulations either by negligence or due to putting profits over safety, injuries and death can occur.  And not only for the workers in the chemical plants but for residents that live close by.  Texas Workers’ Compensation laws protect employers from lawsuits but you should still speak to an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been seriously injured.  There are situations where you may be able to file a claim.  The consultations are free and confidential.

The Molina Law Firm has been representing car accident victims for over 30 years helping them navigate the sometimes complex legal fight against the insurance carriers.  Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing up front and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case.  Don’t go against the insurance carriers alone.  Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf.  We have the knowledge, resources and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain and suffering.

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We are here are ready to help.  If you have been involved in an accident with serious injuries, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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What to do after a refinery or chemical plant accident

Chemical and refinery accidents can often lead to immediate injury as well as lifelong disability and/or health issues.  It is important that you take the necessary first steps to give you the best chance at getting compensated for your pain and suffering.  The information here is just a suggested course of action.  You should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Your health should be your number one priority. If you have been hurt seek medical attention. If first responders suggest that you go to the emergency room, follow their advice. An emergency room doctor can help detect initial injuries and possible issues that may come later. Additionally, they may detect any disabilities that can be long term or permanent. They will document these injuries and help your personal injury attorney when you decide to pursue an injury claim.

If you or someone at the accident called 911, the local police will show up to perform the initial investigation.  They will ask a lot of questions, cooperate and answer honestly but make sure you do not make comments that indicate that you were at fault.  Answer the questions directly and do not elaborate.  Even the smallest statements can be used against you by the insurance companies to deflect fault from their clients.

If you or someone you know is able, take photos of the accident scene.  Include photos of the vehicles involved as well as the accident scene such as the intersection, road conditions and any possible contributing factors like construction or obstructions.

Once you leave the accident scene or have been treated at the hospital, contact the Molina Law Firm so that we can get the details of your case and let you know what to expect.  We offer free consultations and you never pay a fee unless we win your case.  18-wheeler accidents can get very complicated and they will have many resources to minimize the compensation you get.  Attorney Rick Molina knows the trucking laws and he knows Houston.

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Refinery Accident Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, work related injuries, illnesses and fatalities (IIF) have been on the rise since 2016.  Here are some eye-opening statistics:

  • The 5,333 fatal occupational injuries in 2019 represents the largest annual number since 2007.
  • A worker died every 99 minutes from a work-related injury in 2019.
  • Fatalities among workers age 55 and over increased 8 percent from 1,863 in 2018 to 2,005 in 2019, which is the largest number ever recorded for this age group.
  • Hispanic or Latino worker fatalities were up 13 percent to 1,088 in 2019–a series high since 1992.

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We are here are ready to help.  If you have been involved in an accident with serious injuries, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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Frequently asked questions about bicycle accidents

In Texas, if your employer subscribes to the state workers compensation program, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits.  Surviving family members may also be entitled to benefits if the worker is killed while doing his/her job.  If the employer does not participate in the Texas Workers Compensation Program, then you will have to file a claim to recover damages.

Chemical plants and refineries often have toxic chemicals, that is a given.  Workers are constantly in close proximity to these hazardous materials.  Chemical plants and refineries are required to have systems and procedures in place to use and hold these chemicals safely.  Additionally, in the event of a catastrophic incident, those living nearby could be exposed to these chemicals.  Many times, these hazardous materials will cause significant health issues that can have long lasting effects.  An experienced personal injury attorney will make sure you get properly compensated for your injuries.

Unfortunately, insurance companies have a conflict of interest in terms of who’s interest they have at heart.  Insurance carriers tend to look at their bottom line when it comes to payouts.  Insurance policies typically have maximums but insurance carriers will try to minimize their payouts.  As such if an insurance company offers you a settlement, then first seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.  When you accept a settlement check, you absolve them of any future liability.  You may not have considered other out of pocket expenses that you will not be able to be compensated for.

Talk to Attorney Rick Molina Today!

When you have been involved in a chemical plant accident, the damages may be significant and your injuries can be serious.  It is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you so that they can determine how much you have lost and get you compensated properly.  Attorney Rick Molina and the Molina Law Firm is here to help.  We will aggressively represent you by thoroughly investigating the case, gathering all pertinent information, determining present and future pain, suffering and loss then maximizing your compensation.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay us nothing up front and a percentage when we win your case.  We have helped hundreds of people over the past 30 years to get back on their feet after serious injuries and we can help you!

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